THE DAY-CARE DILEMMA

TOO MANY CHILDREN TODAY LIVE IN CONDITIONS THAT THREATEN THEIR BRAIN DEVELOPMENT. WHAT CAN WE DO?

Environment matters. For anyone wondering how the latest brain research applies to the care of infants and toddlers, that is the crucial finding. Yes, proper brain development is a matter of genetics and nutrition and whether a mother-to-be drinks or smokes, but it also depends on the stimuli, as the scientists call them, that a baby receives. It depends on what the baby sees, hears and touches and on the emotions he or she repeatedly experiences. But if environment matters, we are faced with a question: At a time when children suffer from perhaps the gravest social problems of any group...

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